Category Archives: random idea generators

RECORDING: RapidComposer 3

I played a big part in developing and popularizing this cool MIDI-based software, that allows you to quickly do a lot of cool MIDI stuff. I last talked about it a few years ago, as there was a big update to version 2.5. Now, RC has been updated to version 3.1, with a new user interface, and many more features. I invite all of you (especially those of you who love MIDI composition) to check out the demo. It’s worth your time.

http://musicdevelopments.com

A little history:

RapidComposer was created by Attila Mezei, a Hungarian software developer. When RapidComposer began, it had a very rough start, because it crashed so much. But I discovered it, and saw its potential, so I emailed Attila, and offered to help him work a lot of the bugs out, and do a tutorial series on it, as well as help him develop phrases and new soundfonts which I created from scratch. I did all of this for version 2.5, and in exchange, Attila gave me a license for the full version of the software. RC 3.0 was released in spring 2016, and offered a lot more than 2.5.

Six years after RC debuted, its fanbase grew exponentially, and I am really happy for Mr. Mezei. He truly has created something amazing that no other software developer has done yet, and with so many features.

Check out some of the videos created by a very helpful member named “Yellukhan”:

 

 

Now, this guy uses RapidComposer, but with realistic virtual instruments from Kontakt and such… the built-in sounds when you download RapidComposer are soundfonts (created by Attila, and myself). They may not be very realistic, as you get the best sounds when RapidComposer is controlling virtual instruments such as Omnisphere, EZKeys, or any realistic Kontakt library (found in Native Instruments’ “KOMPLETE” series). But it’s pretty impressive, what RapidComposer can do… if you take the time with it. So again, check it out and let me know what you think! Comment below… especially if you’re a MIDI geek!

 

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SONGWRITING/RECORDING: RapidComposer (huge update)

Hi guys, I wanted to talk about a program I’ve helped improve over the last six months– RapidComposer by http://www.MusicDevelopments.com (a Hungarian company).  I discovered it about a year and a half ago.

RCscreenshot

I work closely with the developer, in working out bugs, suggesting features and functionality improvements, and music theory consultation (the developer has no music experience, but wanted to create a program that helps users compose MIDI music insanely fast). I also re-wrote the 22-page manual from scratch (with new screenshots, etc). It’s now close to 70 pages.

We (and I use this term respectfully, as I feel like I’ve become a member of MusicDevelopments, because of how closely I’ve worked with the guy who conceived the program) are coming out with a major update to the program, on November 18th. 99% of the bugs/potential crashes have been worked out of the program, and many, many useful, fun features have been added.

I also do video tutorials for the program, and as of this writing (November 6th, 2013), I finished 11 videos. You can check them all out at my YouTube channel. Here’s a direct link to the Tutorial playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt9aB3JimWsgmyBi8w_1ydxiMlp9P6Wu1

There are a few more tutorial videos coming out (more about the Idea Tool, Phrase/Track Variations, RC as a plugin inside your DAW, and Drag-N-Drop functionality).

The developer and I feel that this program is insanely powerful, innovative, groundbreaking, etc. No other program out there works with midi phrases/motifs that conform to chords and harmony, in such a fast way. One program works similarly: “Synfire Pro” by Cognitone (which many have said is incredibly overpriced for what it does). I was one of the first paying customers of Cognitone software (I bought Harmony Navigator 1.0 back in 2007), and I never really found that program as useful or as fun/fast to use as RapidComposer. (And on a personal note, Cognitone has never really been that friendly, regarding questions about or problems with the program.)

So I am proud to be a part of MusicDevelopments and help the tiny company get out there, more. This software deserves to be a a go-to tool for electronic music producers, songwriters, and studio nerds. Additionally, you could use RC without having any keyboard-playing experience at all… in fact, we feel that it can be easily utilized by people who may be physically-restricted due to hand/wrist injuries, aging, or partial paralysis, who may love the very essence of music, composing, MIDI, etc… but never were able to put anything together, until now. In my tutorial videos, I throw together cool music ideas with just one hand- using my mouse, and hitting keystrokes to insert Phrases, never touching a MIDI keyboard at all. So again, not only is this program extremely powerful, but it is unique and can be used by all types of people, regardless of musical experience.

So do me a favor, and check out the major update on November 18th… you can download the demo for free (though the demo does not include the Idea Tool, or the new, awesome Melody Generator).

Thanks for following my blog, and especially, thanks for checking out RapidComposer!

 

 

SONGWRITING: Online tools

I don’t visit these sites as often as I should, but there are several REALLY cool websites that offer online tools for songwriters. What do I mean by online tools?

Chord progression generators (in any key you specify), melody rhythm generators, lyric and title generators, etc… and more!

Here are just a few to check out (and please do! You’ll dig ’em, even if you’re a very experienced songwriter!):

 

Random Rhythm Motif Generator

this thing is really, really useful for coming up with rhythms for motifs, such as vocal melodies. You’ll need to provide the words and the notes, of course… but, a great starting point! It spans across 2 bars.

Random Song Title Generator

It generates a LOT of titles at once (like 20). Sure, a lot of them might be lame. But there are some great generated… I just tried it right now and it generated the following: Nobody Cancel The Dance, Allow Tomorrow, and Destroyer of the Noise.

Muse.Fawm.Org

Weird title, but has four really useful tools: a song title generator, a lyrical plot idea suggester, song structure maker, and “Lyricloud” which is random words that are related in some way (Though I don’t know how) and if you click on one word, it generates a whole set of new words that supposedly fit the one you clicked on. Useful for quick lyrical bit ideas. Lots of cool stuff!

Audiotool

This is insanely awesome and involved. It’s like an online version of Propellerhead’s “Reason” software. Click the “Launch App” button at the top of the link to get started if you want to get started right away. Believe me, this is insanely powerful. AND fun.

 

I’ll post more cool ones as I find them… in the meantime, enjoy, and keep writing!